(CMR) Caymanian swimmer Jillian Crooks (16) has secured a spot in the World Championships this summer after stopping the clock with a lifetime best and National Record time of 25.87 in the 50m freestyle during the 2023 TYR Pro Swim Series on Saturday, May 20.
This earned her a B-qualifying time for the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, taking place from 14 to July 30.
She was completely overwhelmed with emotion after the race. Jillian also raced in the prelims and finals of the 100 Butterfly, with another lifetime best of 1:02.41 (P) and new CIASA & NATIONAL records, adding to the new records set earlier in the meet in the 50 Fly (27.53) and 100 Free (56.30).
“I want to thank my swim coaches at TAC Titans, Coach Bruce Marchionda, Coach John Payne, Coach Matthew Mosher, and Coach Blake; also, my TAC Titans Dryland coaches, Coach Michael, Coach Tom and my teammates – big shout out to our Mental Health coach, Ms Nori,” Jillian posted on her Facebook page.
Crooks' qualification comes after she put on an outstanding performance at the CARIFTA Games last month. She swam 26.08 seconds to win the 50-meter freestyle sprint finals, the fastest time in the history of the games.